Da Silva 60, G. Neville og 68



UEFA European Championship Qualifying Group E
6pm, Wednesday 11 October 2006
Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
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England goalkeeper Paul Robinson described the 69th-minute incident which enabled Croatia to double their advantage as ``a freak''.

He explained on Sky Sports News: "It's one of those things - there was nothing I could do. I think the ball bobbled where their goalkeeper took his goal-kicks in the first half.

"You don't expect things like that to happen - I'd gone to kick the ball as usual and it wasn't there.

"But I can take positives from the game rather than just look at that.''

The Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper added: ``I don't think anything went for us. We controlled the game in the first half without causing much of a threat - we exploited them in wide areas in the first half.

"But we didn't offer much tonight - we didn't cause them too much trouble and were not much of an attacking force.

"But it (the defeat) is not going to damage us - there's a long way to go in this group.''


1 Paul Robinson, 2 Gary Neville, 3 Ashley Cole, 4 Jamie Carragher, 5 Rio Ferdinand, 6 John Terry (c), 7 Michael Carrick, 8 Frank Lampard, 9 Wayne Rooney, 10 Peter Crouch, 11 Scott Parker

Subs: Phil Neville, Chris Kirkland, Kieran Richardson, Jermaine Jenas, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jermain Defoe, Darren Bent

Croatia: Stipe Pletikosa; Dario Simic, Josip Simunic, Robert Kovac, Vedran Corluka, Milan Rapaic, Niko Kovac (c), Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar, Mladen Petric, Eduardo Da Silva

Subs: Vedran Runje, Marko Babic, Dario Knezevic, Jerko Leko, Ivan Klasnic, Ivica Olic, Anthony Seric

Match Officials:

Roberto Rosetti (all Italy)
Assistant referees: Marco Ivaldi, Paolo Calcogno
Fourth official: Paolo Bertini